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VENDREDI

March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Art Openings and Shows in NOLA

Each week, NoDef brings you a comprehensive directory of visual arts
in the Crescent City from Julia to St. Claude

September 23-October 4

Art for Arts’ Sake is coming up on October 4, which means this week is your last chance to see just about every exhibition on Julia Street and at the CAC. Drop into Soren Christensen for a solo show by internationally recognized Pakistani-born artist Jamali, or get a sneak preview of what AFAS has to offer at Callan Contemporary and Octavia Gallery. This Friday, NOMA hosts its gala fundraiser Love in the Garden. Saint Claude is between openings, but there’s plenty of work to be seen this weekend.

June 24-30

Great art continues all around NOLA this week! The Ogden extends its open invitation After Hours with 7 Walkers/Double Uptown Shotgun front man Papa Mali, kicking off the last weekend in June juuuuust right: by bringin’ the funk. Friday Nights at NOMA treats the senses with the guitar stylings of Daniele Spadavecchia, a handsome and talented transplant from Italy.  Friday Nights also features “The Artful Palate,” a cooking demonstration of dynamic and delicious proportioins. Registration for “The New Orleans Antiques Forum 2014” is open at the Historic New Orleans Collection.

June 17-24

Being “between openings” on the New Orleans art scene offers enough time to hit the Big Three with a lot of gusto.  The upcoming week is chock full of O, CAC and NOMA.  The CAC screens Sol Lewitt this Wednesday night, offering a singular glimpse into the mind of this landmark conceptual artist.  One of only two artists with work featured in the Washington, DC American Museum of the Holocaust, Lewitt is worth your time.  The Ogden holds its annual Magnolia Ball, and NOMA opens “Behind Closed Doors.”

 

June 14 - 21

It’s that time of the month again, when savvy art shoppers flood the Bywater/Faubourg Marigny/Lower 9th seeking out the avant garde. Second Saturday in SCAD NOLA is upon us, promising an excess of talent at The Front with Claire Rau, Pietrobono & Hulkes as Extraction, and Jessye McDowell. Good Children sells out for 50 small ones, and Jered Sprecher challenges us to figure out what the hell we’re looking at every day over at Staple Goods.

May 22-29

Ponder the Fibonacci series amidst Amy Wesikopf’s virtuoso cabbages and nautili at Arthur Roger, “Fathom” the true depth of Ryn Wilson’s artistic acumen, feel the “Fiyah” with Darel Joseph and share a last dream with Joli Livudais.  “Rise Up” to the occasion of all this visual stimulation in the Crescent City this last breath of May.  Spring done got sprung by all this hot, hot art. 

May 2-May 10

Gear up for your Jazz Fest second lining by taking a little Art Walk down Julia Street and the surrounding CBD arts district downtown.  Useful objects for purchase at Ariodante by Paul Burk, exotic emotions will be evoked by Elizabeth Fox at Boyd, and celebratory musical rapture of the heavily-lacquered paintings of Jon Langford at LeMieux are all happening on this first Saturday in May in the CBD.

April 10-17

St. Claude comes back strong in April, with porcelain mishima at Byrdie’s that will melt your heart; wonky travel machines at UNO St. Claude and Barrister’s, and process as task-master at Press Street.  Andre Bohren entertains with classical at Ogden After Hours this week, and NOMA goes semi-pro with Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble.  Somethin’ about springtime really gets art’s blood pumping this month on the NOLA visual arts scene.

April 3-10

by Cheryl Castjohn

The Arts District gears up for “Jammin on Julia” this Saturday beginning around sixish with live music, libations and a whole lot of great art.  Shows opening include Abe Geasland at Ariodante, Joli Livaudais at Martine Chaisson, and Nall at Octavia.  Bunny Matthews parties at Arthur Roger for his “People A to Z” show.  The Contemporary Arts Center opens “Hello I Am,” selections from an open call inspired by the “30 Americans” show.  The art featured is in “Hello” is all by New Orleans area teenagers.  Jam out with Jammin on Julia, catch Lee Deigaard’s “Trespass” on its final weekend, and catch Brod Bagert at NOMA on Friday Night.  Happy Jammin’, Art Defenders!

March 27-April 3

by Cheryl Castjohn

“Into the Light II” opens Thursday night at the Ogden amidst the musical stylings of songwriter and musician Jim McCormick and songstress Kristin Diable.  The Bywater’s Alvar Library opens an expedition of Cynthia Scott’s socially-conscious and environmentally astute works as a part of its ongoing Alvar Arts Series.  Jonathan Ferrara Gallery continues its open call for entries into its annual “No Dead Artists” competition, and  MFA Candidates Valerie Corradetti and David Hassel, Jr. continue to hold court at UNO St. Claude.

March 21-28

by Cheryl Castjohn

“Into the Light II” opens Thursday night at the Ogden amidst the musical stylings of songwriter and musician Jim McCormick and songstress Kristin Diable.  The Bywater’s Alvar Library opens an expedition of Cynthia Scott’s socially-conscious and environmentally astute works as a part of its ongoing Alvar Arts Series.  Jonathan Ferrara Gallery continues its open call for entries into its annual “No Dead Artists” competition, and  MFA Candidates Valerie Corradetti and David Hassel, Jr. continue to hold court at UNO St. Claude.

March 6-13

Bunny Matthew’s show goes up at Arthur Roger, Jonathan Ferrarra calls for living artists to participate in its 2014 “No Dead Artists” competition and St. Claude celebrates the curator up one side of the street and down the other on its third Second Saturday of 2014. MFA Candidates Valerie Corradetti and David Hassel, Jr. open at UNO St. Claude.

Feb. 8-Feb. 15

Openings for the week include "Theme and Variations" by Sylvaine Sancton, at Barrister's, "Memories and Machinations," at Byrdies, and Dan Tague's "Crazy About America" at Good Children Gallery. Click through for more art updates from Cheryl Castjohn. 

Jan. 24-31

Daria and the Hip Drops soldier on with their Friday Nights at NOMA performance despite the atmospheric cold shoulder.  Julia Street galleries wind down their January shows this weekend making this your last opportunity to see the likes of Norah Lovell, Georgia Polkey, Jack Niven and Marjorie Pierson, and the Ogden soon bids Gina Phillips’ “Sweet Things” adieu, and Lee Deigaard’s SubMERGE enjoys a last weekend at CAC in situ.  Brave the chill and seize your final opportunity to see “Drawing From the Inside” at Byrdie’s and UNO St. Claude’s “Keep It Up” and “Chubby Crimson Bottoms!”

Jan 16-23

Openings at the Ogden include vastly different works by Lee Deigaard and Steffen Thomas this Thursday night while the Gerald French Trio plays in Stephen Goldring Hall.  NOMA welcomes open discussion moderated by curator Russell Lord, and the CAC takes on Concepts of Human Experience featuring artists Tavares Strachan, Robert Tannen and Elizaeth Shannon.  “Southern Settings” and “Drawing from the Inside” continue on the St. Claude art scene, and Martine Chaisson Gallery features Marjorie Pierson’s “Immersion” for just two more weekends.

January 10-17

The first Second Saturday of 2014 features multiple openings of remarkable works by Jennifer Maloney and Keith Duncan, Raven Creature’s too-human drawings, new artists at the front, and thesis exhibitions of Vanessa Centeno and Peter Hoffman grace UNO St. Claude.  Russell Lord’s curatorial mastery comes into focus on Friday night and the Julia Street scene features too many good things to count.  Brave the weather, see the sights, bid the Polar Vortex not to let the screen door come in contact with its tailwinds.

Dec. 12-Dec. 19

PhotoNOLA continues through the weekend, drawing artistic and curatorial talent from around the globe. Tonight, take a stroll through the Ogden’s Taylor Library for a PhotoWalk which features portfolios of Jane Fulton Alt, Linda Alterwitz, Bruce Ambuel and Susan Barnett.  GAS and Epaul Julien grace Julia Street, alongside Brooke Shaden and Kate Blacklock for the Photographic Event of the year.  If your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 included getting out to Second Saturday in St. Claude Arts District, this is your last opportunity to keep it! 

Dec. 5-Dec. 12

First Saturday on Julia gears up for PhotoNOLA with top-notch work from G.A.S, Leslie Elliotsmith and E2.  Jonathan Ferrara and Arthur Roger take their wares to Miami Basel in the form of art by Dan Tague, Courtney Egan and Nikki Rosato.  Roman Street and The Moonshiners entertain on Thursday and Friday night respectively at the big two, and the CAC gets in the game with Kyle Abraham’s “Pavement.”

Nov. 14-Nov. 21

The newsy and irreverent one-man show “Heads of State" is still on view at Barrister's, Carol Dass examines the idea of beauty in Room 1 at The Front, and Deborah Luster's Tooth for an Eye moved from the Ogden Museum to St. Claude. 

SECOND SATURDAY, Nov. 7-13

There are few bad times to see art, but fall in the Crescent City has got to be the best!  If you are counting the months by Second Saturdays on St. Claude, this is already #11 and you are not alone.  Barrister’s opens the newsy and irreverent one-man show “Heads of State;” Carol Dass examines the idea of beauty in Room 1 at The Front, and Candy Chang is on hand at the Ogden Thursday night to launch her book “Before I Die” New Orleans style, right out on the front porch.

Nov. 1- Nov. 7

The art beats strong this weekend as temperatures drop and the fever for Southern arts runs at an all-time high. NOMA makes a strong argument for the sovereign king of documentary photography Gordon Parks, and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery shows us how to navigate all this remarkable artwork with the mapmaking portraiture of Nikki Rosato.  Don’t laissez the bon temps rouler without you this weekend!

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